When nerves in your neck become compressed or irritated by underlying medical conditions or degenerative disease, he Pain Institute of Southern Arizona can address the pain and mobility issues that result. At their offices in Arizona, including Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley, the medical team offers on-site diagnostics and innovative treatments to alleviate pain and increase your physical functionality. You can also visit Regional Pain Institute in Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gilbert, Arizona, a division of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. Find out more by calling the office nearest you or using the convenient online booking feature.
Cervical radiculopathy is a condition the develops when one or more of the nerve roots in your cervical spine is irritated or compressed. As a result of this compression, you can experience changes in your nerve function that affect your neck and other areas of your body.
The cervical nerves travel out into your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. Due to nerve damage, you can experience a wide range of symptoms that affect the functionality of these areas.
There are a number of spinal conditions and underlying health issues that can affect the health of your cervical nerves.
The most common causes of cervical radiculopathy include:
You can also develop cervical radiculopathy due to a direct injury to your cervical spine, often from an auto accident, a fall, or a sports injury.
Symptoms of cervical radiculopathy can develop anywhere the cervical nerves travel. Compressed nerves in the cervical spine often result in shoulder, arm, or hand issues, including:
You can experience symptoms of cervical radiculopathy on one or both sides of your body, depending on where the nerve compression occurs.
During your initial evaluation, your physician at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They check for areas of tenderness and pain in the cervical spine, often pressing on certain areas to see if it relieves or worsens your pain.
To determine the cause of your cervical pain, your provider may also order X-rays or an MRI to identify bone spurs or herniated-disc issues that trigger cervical radiculopathy symptoms.
Initially, you may try rest and over-the-counter medications to provide pain relief. Physical therapy can also help stretch your spine and relieve compression on the cervical nerves.
For severe pain that interferes with your usual routine, your provider may recommend cervical epidural steroid injections. This treatment delivers anti-inflammatory medications and a local anesthetic into the epidural space of the cervical spine.
The anesthetic interferes with the pain signals that travel from the compressed nerve to the brain, providing short-term pain relief. Anti-inflammatories reduce inflammation around the cervical nerves, relieving the pressure that causes irritation to provide longer-term relief from pain.
Find out more about treating the pain of cervical radiculopathy by calling the office nearest you or requesting an appointment online today.